How the People of Classical Dance shaped me, fought with me and fixed Me.

How the People of Classical Dance shaped me, fought with me and fixed Me.

I started learning Kathak (a classical dance form of northern India) when I was five. My parents wanted my sister and I to be as fully immersed in the Indian culture as South African Indians possibly could be. Even now, I can still clearly hear my guru (teacher in Sanskrit) telling us to smile through the pain of strenuous dancing, reciting beats along with us and even the sound of her ghunghroos (bells tied around the ankle) as she walked around the dance studio watching us try stamp our feet along to the recital music. 

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